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National conventions 2012

National Conventions 2012

“What are the functions of NCs?”


Republicans

Republicans

  • Tampa Bay, Florida, w/c August 27th

  • What can YouTube tell us about the point of holding NCs?

  • Republican national convention 2012 - YouTube


Democrats

Democrats

  • Charlotte, North Carolina, w/c September 4th

  • Again, a quick look at YouTube …

  • Democratic national convention 2012 - YouTube


Purpose 1

Purpose 1

  • To nominate formally the party candidate.

  • Attended by the delegates who are (mostly) chosen during the primary season.

  • Traditionally a roll-call of the states.

  • Acceptance speech from the candidate.

  • Rarely seen anything like Obama ’08:

  • Clinton Stops Roll Call, Calls To Nominate Obama - YouTube

  • C-SPAN: Sen. Barack Obama's Full Speech to the DNC - YouTube

  • In reality, this was all decided way before the National Convention! Often by Super Tuesday!


Purpose 2

Purpose 2

  • To choose the party’s vice-presidential candidate (running-mate).

  • Acceptance speech from the candidate.

  • Paul Ryan Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention (C-SPAN) – YouTube

  • But the actual announcement was made on 10th August, 19 days before his NC speech.

  • NB 2008 announcement of Biden by text.

  • NB 2008 surprise still possible!

  • Sarah Palin Acceptance Speech Highlights - YouTube


Purpose 3

Purpose 3

  • To decide the party platform (ie manifesto)

  • Discuss the planks!

  • PJ O’Rourke “And the policy debate wouldn’t fill a bumper sticker!”

  • In effect already decided (and announced) by the candidate during the primary season.


So there must be other reasons to spend 136m

So there must be other reasons to spend $136m!

  • Purpose 4

  • Restore party unity

  • Losing candidates appear and speak

  • Hillary Clinton Speech At The 2008 DNC Convention Part 1 – YouTube

  • President Bill Clinton at the 2008 DNC – YouTube

  • Bill Clinton's Full DNC Speech - Elections 2012 – YouTube

  • Senator Rick Santorum - YouTube

  • Losing candidates “release” delegates to vote for the winner

  • NB 2008 Vote of acclamation


Purpose 5

Purpose 5

  • Stage for future stars

  • DemConvention Speeches: Barack Obama – YouTube

  • 2012 Rising Stars?

  • Democrats – Julian Castro, Cory Booker

  • Republicans – Mia Love, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio

  • 4 Rising Stars From the Democratic, Republican Conventions


Purpose 6

Purpose 6

  • Kick off the campaign!

  • Enthuse the party faithful

  • Enthuse the undecided

  • Hence the media-orchestrated razzamatazz

  • Measure success by “bounce”

  • How? Concert atmosphere, party stars, nominee and family and celebs


Campaign rally

Campaign Rally

  • Balloon Drop At The Republican National Convention – YouTube

  • Clint Eastwood 2012 – YouTube

  • Senator Marco Rubio – YouTube

  • Eva Longoria DNC Speech Democratic National Convention 2012 – YouTube

  • Michelle Obama's full 2012 DNC speech - YouTube


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